Ibrahim Boubacar Keita has begun his five-year term as Mali’s next president.
IBK took the oath of office on Wednesday, and promised to help unify the country after a rebellion, a coup and an Islamic insurgency plunged what was one of West Africa’s most stable democracies into near ruin.
“I swear before God and the people of Mali to faithfully preserve the republican regime, to respect and uphold the constitution and the law, to fulfil my duties in the best interests of the people, to preserve the democratic gains, to ensure national unity, independence of the country and the integrity of the national territory,” Keita said.
After taking the oath of office in front of an enormous Malian flag, Keita thanked the international community for its support in retaking the north from the hands of extremists and vowed to prioritize national unity.
Boubacar Keita emerged winner of Mali’s Presidential run-off in August with 77.6 percent beating his rival Soumaila Cisse, after failing to capture the majority in the late-July election.